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Dissertation layout requirements

Your dissertation layout must meet certain requirements. Special rules apply if you have written your dissertation with others or if you are publishing a commercial edition.

Always make sure that there are enough copies of your dissertation in a format that is easy to read.

Dissertation comprising articles

If you are reprinting articles, make sure they have the same format. This may mean that you need to enlarge or reduce them. The dissertation must be presented in such a way that it is a bound book.

Commercial edition

If you want to publish a commercial edition of your dissertation, you may only do so if:

  • It will be published after the PhD committee has decided that you may defend your dissertation.
  • The commercial edition – which will be the dissertation submitted to the beadle – has a bound title page. For further requirements, see the PhD regulations.


You may publish part of your dissertation in an academic journal before the defence has taken place. You must indicate this in the dissertation.

Multiple authors

A dissertation may be a selection of previously published articles of which the candidate is not the only author, or it could be a selection of articles that have been submitted for publication. If you include these articles in your dissertation, it then counts as a new publication. Take note of the copyright of the other copyright holder(s).

Joint dissertation

If you have written a dissertation together with others, each of you must submit the dissertation with your ‘own’ title page and curriculum vitae, and the required number of propositions. On the back of the title page you can state that it is a joint study by two or three PhD candidates and that the result has led to a joint dissertation.

Requirements of the title page

See this example of title page to find out what the title page must look like. Note that you should not have the title page printed before the beadle has approved it on behalf of the Rector Magnificus.

Requirements of the non-scientific component

You may only duplicate the non-scientific component of your dissertation once the dean of the faculty has issued his or her approval. The non-scientific component comprises:

  • title page (front and back)
  • foreword and/or afterword
  • acknowledgment(s)
  • (possible) assignment
  • (possible) quotation/motto
  • table of contents
  • curriculum vitae
  • propositions
  • summary
  • cover
  • front and back cover of the dissertation volume, both the front and the reverse
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